St. Augustine, FL - February 27, 2014 - Employees at Flagler Hospital say good-bye to Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Drummond-Huth today with a celebration honoring her 43 years of dedicated service. Barbara began her career at Flagler Hospital in 1970 as a nurse in the obstetrics department and quickly took on increasingly responsible roles, ultimately serving as Chief Nursing Officer.
In her role as CNO for the past 33 years, she has led many transformational initiatives, including helping Flagler become the first hospital in Northeast Florida to earn Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
"Barbara's passion for learning and commitment to the profession of nursing has had a tremendous impact on our staff and on our ability to emerge as one of America's best performing hospitals for clinical outcomes and safety," said Flagler Hospital CEO, Joe Gordy. "We are extremely appreciative of her service and wish her the best in all her new endeavors."
In addition to her work at Flagler Hospital, Dr. Drummond-Huth continued her own educational pursuits and was in the first graduating class of the University of North Florida's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Dr. Huth plans to continue her work with the American Nurses Credentialing Center upon her retirement from Flagler.
"I have had an incredible experience in these 33 years as CNO," commented Barbara Drummond-Huth. "This is not just a new chapter for me; this is also a new chapter for Flagler, with the landscape of our health care system continuing to evolve. As I look forward to the new experiences in store for me, I also look forward to following Flagler Hospital's continued success."